Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thinking About...Packing? Already?

This morning I sat down at my desk, replied to a few emails, and realized that...huh...wait...I don't have any paperwork to do.  I was puzzled for a moment; the last weeks of my life have been so chock full of paperwork of one kind or another that I couldn't figure out how to start my day without it.  The schedule for the past two plus weeks has been get up, make coffee, work on paperwork, get Zinashi up, fed, and occupied, work on paperwork, get Zinashi's lunch, work on paperwork, put Zinashi down for her nap, work on paperwork, etc., etc., etc.  Without paperwork to alternate out with all my other tasks, I felt a little bit lost.

So I did what made the most sense given our timeline.  I sat in my desk chair with my coffee and started thinking about packing for Ethiopia.

I know that there are many of you out there who pack at the last minute, or at least wait until a week before departure, but beginning the packing process is part of how I look forward to a trip.  And oh, I am so looking forward to this trip.  I know that we have a lot to accomplish before we go and get our sweet Elvie.  I know that the time between now and then is a gift to us.  But honestly, I cannot wait.  So I'm thinking about packing.

I'm starting first on my own suitcase and carryon lists.  My list from our extended stay is handy, so handy that I'm wondering if I should just pack the same things (though the jeans I never washed are no longer with us, sadly).  Would that be weird, or just practical?  I'm leaning towards practical.  It will making packing so much easier!

I've also got a couple of things I need to add, based on experience, so feel free to advise me if you are well versed in either beauty products or camping equipment.  Here's what I need:

1.  A good dry shampoo.  I have oily hair, and the water situation in Ethiopia isn't always consistent.  I'd also love to walk off the plane with hair that doesn't look incredibly greasy.  It's always nice to look fresh when people will be taking your picture and/or video.

2.  A flashlight that acts as a lantern, but isn't super huge.  Ethiopia has power outages, and I don't want to be stuck without light while trying to change diapers.  We took a Maglite last time, and it wasn't quite enough light, even in "candle" form.  (Which reminds me that I need to get a new one of those, as Zinashi broke loved ours so much that it stopped functioning.)

Any recommendations you have will be both welcomed and appreciated.  Help me pack!  Please!


12 comments:

  1. Suave makes a great (and cheap) dry shampoo. You can get it on Amazon. Oh, and start training your hair now (wash every other day). It can take a few weeks to really balance out but at least you can get a head start. fun!

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  2. I use suave but have heard awesome things about Big Sexy Hair brand. It is more expensive but apparently amazing. If you go with suave pay the extra dollar for the one with Keratin it makes a big difference. I agree start now washing every other day. I can go as many as 4 days now with using dry shampoo. I love it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Suave-Professionals-Keratin-Infusion-Shampoo/dp/B005UBN2AO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335407492&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Sexy-Hair-Volumizing-Shampoo-Ounce/dp/B001U6FIVE/ref=sr_1_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1335407517&sr=1-1

    As far as lanterns this looks like a good one and compact:

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/70482?feat=506867-GN2&attrValue_0=Red

    Good luck with all the packing.

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  3. Hi there! I have fallen in love with you and your family ever since Rebecca from GGC linked to you. First time commenter! I use the Big Sexy Hair dry shampoo, and I'm kinda MEH about it. First of all, I don't like the smell. I've tried all kinds of them (mostly from Target). So far I've liked the gold can one the best, Umberto? I would say go for mid-range - not the cheapest, but not the most expensive, either. Maybe get some cute head wrap things, like Gypsy Wraps?

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/juliebartel

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  4. If you're looking for a more natural dry shampoo I love Klorane. It works best in the spray can but you can get it in non-aerosol too. Good luck!

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  5. Alternately, an herbal cornstarch powder works well (good left on for a few minutes, better for a few hours) and gets around fluid packing restrictions.

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  6. I second the Suave recommendation. Target carries it - in a silver bottle with yellow cap (I couldn't find it the first time I looked for it). I've used Klorane, but I like the Suave product better, it also smells better, and is a third of the price, if not less. Big thumbs up!

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  7. We use the Energizer High Intensity Fluorescent flashlight when we go camping. It has the normal flashlight part but also the side fluorescent bulb like a camping lantern and fits in the palm of your hand. I am 99% sure we got it at Walmart so I would assume all major chain stores will have them.

    It looks like this:
    http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/246417156/Energizer_Weather_Ready_Spot_Area_Flashlight.html

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  8. we have these...

    http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-MicroPacker-Compact-Battery-Lantern/dp/B000EH0NLK

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  9. Do you have a P.O box that I could mail something to? I think I have a lantern solution for you.

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  10. My number one recommendation for all APs travelling to Ethiopia is a head-lamp flashlight. They are also super handy to have on the plane. And, lets face it, they are fun. The one I took when I went to get Little Dude had three settings - wide focus, narrow focus and a red bulb. The red bulb was awesome for middle of the night diaper changes because it didn't blind him when he tried to look at me. And it was cheap and I got it at Target, so it is clearly available everywhere.
    I know nothing about dry shampoos and if you could see my hair right now you would know we no longer need to rely on foreign oil.

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  11. oscar blandi dry shampoo is amazing - http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Blandi-Pronto-Dry-Shampoo/dp/B000Z65DZG
    it's powder not a spray and it lasts forever and smells very clean and I second the start preparing your hair now! Love your blog long time reader beautiful family!

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